More on Buying Tax Delinquent Properties

Readers in Minnesota and Pennsylvania offer advice on buying tax delinquent properties in their respective states.

| January/February 1972

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    In 1972, tax delinquent properties and abandoned land were available for cheap in Minnesota and Pennsylvania.

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According to the Minnesota Volunteer Magazine, there are over one million acres of tax delinquent properties (wooded, not waterfront) available in St. Louis County, Minnesota alone, to say nothing of nearby Itasca, Cass, and Aitkin counties. This land usually sells for $5 to $15 an acre, and for only a little more if it's covered with marketable timber or adjoins a road.

To buy such acreage, you must make at least a 30% down payment and pay 4% interest on the balance. The first taxes due on land purchased now would be 1972 taxes (payable in 1973).

For further details, contact the land commissioner in the county that interests you most (he also has information on private land for sale). An especially good man to get in touch with, we found, is Land Commissioner William Marshall in Grand Rapids (Itasca County), Minnesota.

I haven't seen any of this land yet, but I'm on my way.

Susie Sandmann
Sleepy Eye, Minn.



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